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Old 13 Feb 2016, 05:16 pm
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Unhappy Drivers door won't open, until it does

Wife reported yesterday she couldn't get the drivers side door open from the inside. Pull handle, nothing happens. Had to crawl over the hump and out the passenger door (not a happy camper, she's 6' tall).

So I took a look at it. Found that if I pull the latch handle out with light-to-normal pressure, no lights on dash, no door ajar, no door open. Pull handle FIRMLY, lights on dash come on, door can be opened.

Absolutely repeatable. Pull handle easy, no open. Pull handle hard, door opens.

I don't know much about these cars. It's a 2007 touring edition with 22500 miles (wife doesn't drive much). If that makes a difference. But it seems maybe there isn't a direct connection between the door release handle and the latch, like a relay or something and it's an electronic connection?

My worry here is that it's going to get worse and eventually not open at all. Wife says she's crawled over the hump for the last time and next time it happens she's trading cars with me. (this would not be an acceptable outcome.)

Ideas?

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Old 13 Feb 2016, 05:42 pm
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Hi, I'm new on the forum here.

I'd try greasing latch first. I've had several trucks that the door won't open without a beating until you grease the latch. Worth a shot anyway, right?
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Old 13 Feb 2016, 05:48 pm
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Old 13 Feb 2016, 07:20 pm
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Hi, I'm new on the forum here.

I'd try greasing latch first. I've had several trucks that the door won't open without a beating until you grease the latch. Worth a shot anyway, right?
That's where I went first. You're right, it was worth a shot. (Didn't help)
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Old 13 Feb 2016, 07:25 pm
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Welcome to the forum.


Thanks for the welcome . I have a good mechanic who I'm going to entrust this to. My days of tearing door panels apart ended in the 70s when I wanted to install speakers in my '73 Duster.

Nice to know it's not electrical.
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Old 13 Feb 2016, 09:18 pm
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That's where I went first. You're right, it was worth a shot. (Didn't help)
Darn! That's about as far as I can go with a door problem. Wish it had helped.
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Old 13 Feb 2016, 10:24 pm
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There is a thread on this where there is a plastic part in the door handle assembly that goes bad and does what your door handle is possibly doing. You might have to buy the whole door handle assembly unless your mechanic is good at doing a good modified repair.

This is the thread from another member that seems to have the same problem you are and what he did to fix it. Post #3 has all the details.

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